Case Study: The Big One, Blackpool

Recent upgrades to 'The Big One', the UK's tallest roller-coaster

Elemy have recently supplied steel anti-slip platforms for use on The Big One rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The Big One, which opened at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 1994, is the UK’s highest rollercoaster. Made of steel, it rises to 65 metres above ground.

After 26 years in operation, 4 sections of track were identified as needing to be replaced. This was in order to improve passenger’s experience by creating a smoother and more enjoyable ride.

We provided perforated anti-slip steel grating, which is used for stair treads that run alongside the track. This is to allow access for staff and maintenance workers, as well as providing a safe exit route for members of the public should they ever need to exit the rollercoaster. Fixed walkways and stairs are to be readily accessible from all sections of rollercoasters to facilitate the safe disembarkation of patrons from the ride in case of unintended stoppage.

The grating we provided was chosen for a number of reasons. Firstly, as the rollercoaster is steel, it was important that whatever we supplied would match existing structures. The perforations in the grating make it aesthetically pleasing, but also offer a high level of slip resistance. This was a crucial factor for an area exposed to the coastal elements and where user safety is paramount. The perforations also allow for good drainage, further increasing slip resistance. Additionally, unlike standard open mesh grating, the perforation allows only a limited view through the gratings. This reduces the safety risk for users with a fear of heights. Furthermore, the grating offers a high loading capacity. This brings great advantages in both costing and safety aspects.

Elemy have once again demonstrated our ability to supply to large projects and work in collaboration with other suppliers, in order to meet specific project requirements and deadlines.